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Catoosa County Sheriff's Office warns of phone scam

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A spokesperson for the office wrote in a Facebook post that they have received calls from citizens who said they have been contacted by someone who says they are with the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office. 

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Experts: Beware of company promotions that require third party gift cards Video included

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Scammers are always looking for new ways to get your money. One troubling trend centers around gift cards from a well known online retailer.

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Scam callers trying to take advantage of tax payers Video included

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As millions of Americans head to file their taxes, scammers are trying to make quick money. 

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Publishers Clearing House scam making its way through the Tennessee Valley Video included

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Impostors are using Publishers Clearing House prize to lure people into thinking they won, with a catch. 

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UPDATE: Dunlap Fire Department warns of phone scam Video included

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If you receive one of these calls or any call that you believe is a scam, please contact either the Dunlap Police Department or the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department.

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Typos could lead to scam websites

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Criminals, often from overseas, are launching websites that are spelled like many popular sites but have a typo in them. 

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How trash can make you a target for thieves this holiday season

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You'd be surprised what people throw away in the days after Christmas, leaving thieves with a road map to the houses with the best gifts. 

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What the Tech? Facebook coupon scam

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If it's too good to be true.... you know the rest of it. Still, many of your friends are falling for an old scam on Facebook that can do some serious damage to your computer and your bank account. 

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EPB warns customers of scam

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EPB officials are warning customers about a scam going around.  

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'Secret Sister Gift Exchange' is an illegal scam: BBB

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Two holiday schemes have made their way back to social media and people are still falling for them. 

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Dunlap police warning neighbors about phony salesman

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Dunlap police said the man claiming to be with the Bledsoe Telephone Cooperative was not wearing a uniform or any credentials.

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How to avoid losing money to the 'utility company' imposter scam

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If you get a call saying your utility bill is past due, beware of scammers.

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Crime Stoppers: Credit card fraud suspect

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This week's bad guy is using credit cards and card numbers that do not belong to him, but he is doing it in plain view of some pretty good security cameras.

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Beware of Publisher's Clearing House scam

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Holiday grinches, also known as scammers, are already attempting to steal Christmas this year.

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Dade Co. Sheriff's Office warning of jury duty scam

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Sheriff's office spokesman Sgt. Chad Payne says a man with a southern accent and goes by the name of Gary Miller is posing as a sergeant with the Dade County Sheriff's Office while attempting the scam over the phone.

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Scammers targeting military veterans and their families through charities Video included

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Ahead of Veterans Day, there have been reports of people using multiple schemes to get money from military families.

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What the Tech? Amazon scam Video included

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Amazon shoppers, watch out! You're being targeted by bad guys. According to the Better Business Bureau, many Amazon shoppers are beginning to get an e-mail designed to steal your credit card information or everything on your computer. 

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What the Tech? Avoiding Facebook scams

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Facebook can be fraught with frauds and scams, so be careful.

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Residents getting calls from scammers pretending to be from Georgia Power

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If you receive one of these calls, authorities remind residents to not pay or share personal information with the caller.

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Victim of "The Grandparent Scam" speaks out

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67-year-old Pat Taintor got a call from his daughter in Boston or so he thought.

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Signal Mountain PD warning residents of "The Grandparent Scam"

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The scammer pretends to be the victim's grandchild and says they've gotten into trouble while traveling overseas.

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Local financial coach explains how you can protect yourself in Equifax breach

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Equifax announced last week that sensitive information belonging to some 143 million Americans may be exposed after a massive data breach. 

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BBB warns of possible scam using Hurricane Harvey to make money

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The Better Business Bureau wants people to be aware of scammers trying to make a quick buck off of Hurricane Harvey.

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Whitfield County woman warning people about "check in the mail" scam

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Dalton police said what makes the scam different is that it involves a mystery shopper assignment.

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Jury duty scam in Whitfield County

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The Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office is alerting the public of fraudulent calls circulating in our area involving citizens being informed they have to pay a fine for missing Jury Duty. 

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Chatsworth PD warning of scam calls from 876 area code

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Police say the scammers are calling residents the area code, often times the elderly, and telling them they have won money and/or prizes.

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Scammers target PayPal users in scheme Video included

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A Channel 4 I-Team investigation found what potential victims of scammers described as a loophole in the payment system of the popular online payment method PayPal.

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Another scam making the rounds: fake warrant issued

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You've probably heard this one before. The scammer goes along to threaten "legal action" if a payment isn't made. 

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Experts warn of scam FedEx emails circulating in Chattanooga

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Scammers pretending to be FedEx are sending emails that appear to deliver a message from the company.

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Preds cracking down on scalpers

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While the Music City is preparing for Game 3 at the Bridgestone Arena, officials are cracking down on scalpers trying to rip off diehard fans. 

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UPDATE: EPB warning customers of ransomware attack

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EPB is warning its customers of a ransomware attack that's being used to hijack computers and extort money.

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SCAM: Caller posing as Dish Network employee seeks payment for fake upgrade

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The Sheriff's Office says the scammers are asking for payment for a fake software update.

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SCAMMER: 'Can you please add money to my iTunes card?'

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Police say the scammers will call or email, asking you to load money on an iTunes gift card.

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Local woman falls victim to computer scam, warns others

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A local woman paid hundreds of dollars to retrieve her computer files after a ransomware attack.

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Spotting Scam Sellers on Amazon

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Websites like Amazon have revolutionized shopping and where money is being spent, you can bet thieves are out to get a cut of the action. In this 3 On Your Side report, a warning about a scam that has recently popped up on the internet retailer, what it is, and how to avoid it. 

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Local victim of scam attempt warning others to just hang up

Photo by WRCB reporter Kate Smith. Photo by WRCB reporter Kate Smith.
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Police said they will never contact you over the phone if you have a warrant out, and they certainly won't ask you for money.

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That amazing Bed, Bath & Beyond coupon for Mother's Day? It's fake

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The home goods retailer is warning shoppers that the coupon, which has been circulating on Facebook, is fake.

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SCAM: Trio posing as TFP contractors hit Rossville neighborhood forcing entry to homes

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A TFP spokesman said they are aware of the situation, and these people are not their contractors. He said if a representative comes to your door they will have three forms of ID, be wearing TFP clothing, along with a reflective vest.

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HCSO warns community of law enforcement scam

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Again, the "failure to show up for jury duty" scam is popping up. 

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IRS just hired private debt collection agencies to chase down your debt

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The IRS announced earlier this month that it's hired four debt collection agencies to round up outstanding payments from taxpayers.

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FCC cracks down on annoying robocalls

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The new rules would give a little more power to phone companies and let them block obviously phony numbers.

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Watch out for Fake Tax preparers who steal your identity and run off with your cash

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Tax Day (April 18 this year) is growing ever closer and many Americans will need to use a tax preparer to get their returns in on time. T

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Whitfield County deputies warn of phone scam

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The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a phone scam.

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What The Tech? Protecting your IRS refund from scammers

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The I.R.S warns taxpayers of these scams and instructs people to never click on a link, speak to someone on the phone or open an e-mail no matter how legitimate it looks.

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Local woman wants to warn others about scam

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A Rossville, Georgia woman is coming forward to warn others about a fake Publishers Clearing House scam.

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College Board to boost SAT security globally

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In 2015, federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh charged 15 Chinese citizens in a conspiracy to have impostors take the SAT.

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Scammers using text to reach potential victims

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A new scam is making its way through Hamilton County through a text message.

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Catoosa County Sheriff warns of jury duty scam

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The Catoosa County Sheriff's Office says the caller tells the victim they missed jury duty, saying they failed to comply with a summons issued by a superior court judge. The scammer even uses one of the judges' names in the circuit.

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Better Business Bureau warning of IRS scam

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The scam isn't new but people continue to fall for it.

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UPDATE: Suspect sought in "driveway repair" scam - again

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Willie Anthony Jeffery is wanted for Criminal Attempt to Commit Exploitation of an elderly person, due to the alleged scam. He was arrested in 2016 for the same scam.

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What The Tech? 'Can you hear me?' scam

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The story of a scary scam is getting spread across Facebook and word-of-mouth leaving some people afraid to answer the phone. 

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Couple attacked after using 'Letgo' app to sell PlayStation

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A couple, hoping to sell a gaming system, came face to face with three would-be robbers and now the Sheriff's Department is warning others who use popular apps to buy and trade. 

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Don't get scammed by fake "agencies" when donating to Georgia storm victims

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Severe storms slammed the South, claiming 20 lives and leaving many in need of assistance.

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Georgia officials warn Falcons fans of ticket scams

Georgia officials are warning residents to buy tickets for Sunday's NFC Championship game from reputable sources.

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UPDATE: Man avoids becoming victim to phone scam warning

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The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is alerting citizens that once again our community is being targeted by a scam involving parties claiming to be employees of either a law enforcement agency or a general Hamilton County government office. 

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